McMenamin's does what they do with little fuss and much standardization, which is anathema in today's Portland of stunt food and honky chefs showing ethnic groups how to make the food they've made for hundreds of years.
It's a place to take out-of-towners who would be horribly confused by some places' menus or offended by Portland-diffident service. (Either McMenamin's has improved the service, or I've gotten used to Portland's idea of "whenever" service.)
I actually would like the Spin Doctors covering Life Is a Highway - even the worst of 90s music is better than the weenie twee crap today like fun., the Lumineers, and Passion Pit.
Let's see - they send the Rapid Response Team to club and pepper-spray Occupy protesters, yet are told to use "mere presence" against drunk, disorderly, and potentially violent people causing trouble at an event popular with yuppies and the chattering class of Portland.
I agree with ytregaws. Shut down Last Thursday, or start arresting people for open container, minor in possession, and break up fights and unruly mobs with pepper spray and the Rapid Response Team. Pretend Last Thursday is an Occupy event.
But, but, American Spirits heal your lungs and are so, so deck!
Helen Keller is on the Alabama state quarter, FWIW.
@Colin - When I go back to my hometown of (duh) Pittsburgh, or anywhere in the Midwest, I'm shocked by the good service there - waiters and baristas are actually hired for attentiveness (or are teenagers learning it, like at the Panera near my dad's house).
I can take chain coffee or leave it, but they're consistently above-average, unlike the glop that's Stumptown Hair Bender, or served by a snotty hipster.
Yep, we have Terri Laird, who probably has a shrine to Kevin Mieske in her house, as well as patrons of restaurants run by white people who think the restaurants are "more authentic" than the ones run by a family of that nationality.
Takes all kinds to Keep Portland Whitey!
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